Tanya Knight Talks College Prep, Getting In, and Saving Money

We love meeting others who are as excited about education as we are– so we were pumped to chat with the acclaimed author of Who Says You Can’t Go To College?, education expert Tanya Knight. She is recognized as “America’s Education Coach” and uses her flagship organization, Tanya Knight International, to aid students of all ages through the higher education process. Check out our Q&A with Tanya.

1.     What sparked your interest in the education world?

My interest in the education world first started over 10 years ago. I began my career as an Admissions Advisor and quickly moved into other various roles such as Director of Admissions, Operations Director, Partnership Director and Campus Director. In 2008 I decided to venture out on my own and establish my own company so that I can expand my passion, knowledge and expertise to other students, adult learners and parents.

 2.     You can yourself an “Education Coach.” What does that title mean and how do you coach students?

The students I served as an Admissions Advisor in my career over 10 years ago dubbed me “Education Coach”. The title really defines who I am and what I stand for in terms of helping students and parents through the entire enrollment process. My coaching programs are designed to take students of all ages from where they are now to where they want to be in the enrollment process! To me, it’s never too late to start the process. I welcome all students and parents no matter where they are in the process or background. I have a coaching program design for all students and parents .The Education Excellence Club® Currently Comprises Three Tiers of Membership: Gold, Platinum, Diamond and VIP. From insider education and college admission knowledge to exclusive college networking opportunities, from structured masterminds to personal one-on-one coaching, it’s about thinking big, being extraordinary, and settling for nothing less than the best in your life. Through education students can achieve so much more if they have the desire and determination to succeed. Learn more at:http://www.tanyaknight.com/coaching.php

 3. What do you think is one of the biggest challenges students are facing today?

The biggest challenge that students are facing today is proper college preparation. Both students and parents are inundated with information on admissions, academic requirements, scholarships and financial aid, that it sometimes makes it difficult to determine what area to focus on first. As a result, this can potentially affect a student’s ability to succeed through the process. I have also seen this challenge affect many adult learners as well. Its important to create a plan prior to entering college to ensure it’s the right school, program and time.

4.    We love your new book “Who says you can’t get into college?”! What one piece of advice do you have for students who feel like they can’t succeed academically?

Thank you! College education is a vital key to your success because it opens the right doors for you professionally. For me, education isn’t just about grades; it’s about a desire to become someone better than you are. I learned firsthand that college is invaluable; it affords us many opportunities, and stays with us for the rest of our life. Consider the commitment and cost of your college education as an important investment for your future. Rest assured; your hard work and determination will pay off in the long run.

5.     What steps can parents take to get their high school kids to college? 

Great question! I recently wrote an article on this very same topic. Here three of the 10 critical steps that every parent should take, in order to successfully prepare their child for college for the first time

The Plan

It is never too early to create a plan of strategy, and this should take place, as the student is entering 8th Grade. Listing out the child’s interests, skills and aptitude for specific areas is a great beginning. If the child shows a deep interest in one particular area, then check with the school counselor to ensure the classes are working in unison with the plan. Research what classes will be needed in order to reach the next level in the goal for college. Extra activities, independent reading (for a higher aptitude) and work experience will also aid in the success of your child.

Executing the Plan

Through the high school years, keep track of all courses needed to achieve the college goal, and keep your child motivated towards excellent marks throughout. How a student performs in high school will dictate the road up to and onwards into college. During the high school years, there are additional courses that the student can take; called Advanced Placement courses (college level courses). If the student excels at these AP courses, the credit is passed to their college credits. This is an economical way of saving money (like a deposit of credit), as the student is preparing for college during high school.

Choosing the Right College

This is one of the most important steps, it is imperative that the college is right for your child. There are the traditional 4-year colleges, but there is also Junior College, University, Technical College and Community College.

 6.   At GoEnnounce, we’re all about helping students get support and successfully fund their education. Do you have a tip to help students save money?

Another great question! There are tips that I want to share, which I feel can make a huge difference:

(1) Look for bargains: When shopping, look for clearance and sales items. Stores always markdown items in order to make room for new ones.  Sometimes if you just wait a few days, that very same item might be marked down. I’ve seen this happen far too many times!

(2) Utilize the library resources: Both public and school libraries have a wealth of resources and books for FREE! Why pay full price for a book you may not like, when you can check it out for FREE? Also, the library has access to a variety of FREE research databases that can significantly help you with research papers and assignments.

Think about it, the more money you save, the more money you will have to do other things.

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